At week's end Dye led the American League in RBIs (14) and was tied for the lead in home runs (six). He had also hit safely in each of his first 12 games. Last year Dye, who went on the disabled list twice and missed 80 games because of injuries to his right knee and right shoulder, hit a career-low .172 with four home runs in 221 at bats. "I wiped it clean," he says of 2003. "It was one of those years, the first time I've ever had a year where you just throw it away"
Over the winter Dye moved to Arizona to train with renowned fitness guru Mark Verstegen, who also worked with Dye's teammate Eric Chavez, as well as Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Dye's workouts were based less on weight training and more on strength and flexibility. He has maintained his 230-pound playing weight from last season, but his body fat has dropped from 14% to about 10%. "I feel a lot stronger now," says Dye, "like I did in 2000 with the Royals, my All-Star year. I feel the ball is going a little extra off my bat."